This article examines a Protestant mission in late nineteenthcentury Senegal that served as a refuge for runaway slaves in French West Africa. While slavery in Africa has been understood as benign and the end of slavery as a process of ‘renegotiation’ rather than a struggle for freedom, evidence from the mission shows the complicated and personal nature of emancipation for escaped slaves who joined religious communities. By analyzing the mission’s annual report, this essay sheds light on the lives of individual men and women who fled to the colonial capital and adopted strategies to secure their status as freepersons.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Slavery and Abolition|
|State||Published - Jan 2 2017|
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- Sociology and Political Science